Bicycle Accidents

Bicycle Accidents

If you are hit by a car while riding your bicycle, you are most likely going to get injured. In years past, over 90% of bicyclists hit by cars in Utah sustained an injury. By far, the most common cause of bicycle crashes is vehicles failing to yield the right of way to bicyclists. Other causes are driving distracted, improper U-turns, and disregard for traffic signals and signs. Most of the time, bicycles are not considered to have contributed to the accident.

The highest percentage of bicycle crashes occur during the evening hours and in the darkness. Fortunately, most crashes happen when cars are driving at lower speeds, between 1-9 mph; however, around 40% of bicycle accident happen when the motor vehicle is traveling between 10-39 mph. At these high speeds, a bicyclist can sustain life-changing injuries and even die from the impact.

As a bicyclist, remember to follow all traffic signals and signs. Never assume that a someone driving a vehicle sees you or is even paying attention. Cell phone use while driving continues to be a major problem, especially for bicyclists, pedestrians, and motorcyclists, which are no match for a car or truck. Yes, you as a bicyclist has all the same rights to the road as a motor vehicle, but you still lose when the car hits you. Even though you aren’t at fault for the accident, you are the one that must deal with the injuries that you will almost certainly receive.

While there are many laws that regulate bicyclists, there are two rules that seem to come up more regularly. First, when traveling on the roadway, make sure you are in the lane with traffic, i.e., on the right had lane. You want to stay over as far as practicable. Second, when riding on a sidewalk, ride at safe speeds and yield to pedestrians. It goes without saying, then, that you are allowed to ride your bicycle on a sidewalk, except for in some small, designated areas. Go to the following link to download a free pocketbook summary of bicycle law:
http://www.slcpd.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/SaltLakeCityPocketBicycle-Laws.pdf.

If you are injured in a bicycle crash due to someone else’s negligence, please contact our law firm to discuss compensation.

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